West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre of targeting nuns from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Her statement follows the arrest of a nun and an employee of the charity’s organisations in Ranchi for allegedly selling a baby.

On July 6, a senior police officer said the inquiry into the alleged sale of babies at the Ranchi branch of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity could be widened to include other shelters run by the organisation.

“Mother Teresa herself set up the Missionaries of Charity,” Banerjee tweeted. “And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The sisters are being targeted. The BJP wants to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let the charity continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor.”

After the arrests, the Missionaries of Charity had said it was looking into the matter and will ensure such incidents do not repeat. “We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home in Ranchi,” it said on Thursday. “It should never have happened. It is completely against our moral convictions.”